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Letters Biobank research and consent

Broad consent is informed consent

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 01 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6900
  1. Mark Sheehan, Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre ethics fellow1
  1. 1Ethox Centre, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LG, UK
  1. mark.sheehan{at}

The authors claim that the risks associated with biobanks are minimal and greatly outweighed by the benefits.1 Some people would disagree.2 But even if we could agree about the risks and benefits, different people would weigh them differently: for some, control of personal information is very important and for others less so. For …

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